Gastronomy of Villanueva de la Jara

Eating is a pleasure, and if you taste the typical dishes of the gastronomy of Villanueva de la Jara, the experience becomes an existential experience. We know some of the typical dishes of La Jara.

What is the gastronomy of Villanueva de la Jara like?

The gastronomy of La Jara includes different dishes, being our cuisine one of the most recognized within the gastronomy of Castilla La Mancha.

What to eat in the Gastronomy of La Jara

It is difficult to choose among all the typical dishes of Villanueva de la Jara within the cuisine of La Mancha … .

Dishes of the Gastronomy of La Jara

Different soups and broths are the hallmark of Villanueva de la Jara. The climate of La Jara, with its cold winters, requires calories to maintain body temperature. Therefore, porridge is one of the essential dishes if you want to discover a gastronomy of great fame.

Why is the gastronomy of Villanueva de la Jara famous?

The fame that precedes the cuisine of La Jara, within the gastronomy of Cuenca, makes Villanueva de la Jara a collage of flavors and smells where the most typical dishes to eat in La Jara are the stews and the embers.

Good embers in La Jara

Meat is one of the standards of the gastronomy of La Jara. The lamb is, without a doubt, the star product. Also the sausages of «la matazón», like chorizos, black pudding, loin, the ear and the pig’s face, made on the incandescent embers; that are to the point of the tastiest delicacy.

Other dishes of the gastronomy of Villanueva de la Jara

Another famous dish is Gazpachos Manchegos, which in La Jara we call Gazpachos de Pastor. It is prepared like nowhere else. Also Migas Ruleras and Zarajos.

A good caldereta, an Ajo Arriero or some Duelos y Quebrantos mean a gastronomic experience that will make the traveler experience a myriad of flavors impossible to forget. The gastronomy of La Jara pleases the sense of smell and the palate with exquisite dishes.

La Jara Mushroom

This is the star product par excellence, since Villanueva de la Jara is the cradle of the Cuenca mushroom, and here it is consumed in many different ways.

To give just a couple of examples, mushrooms accompany different dishes with different ways of cooking them. Whether grilled alone or in sauces, stews or salads, mushrooms are part of the culture and the gastronomic diet of Jareña.

Ajo Arriero de Villanueva de la Jara (Villanueva de la Jara Garlic)

One of the greatest culinary revelations experienced by thousands of visitors to Villanueva de la Jara is to taste the «ajo», as it is known here. A good plate of Ajo Arriero, composed of potatoes, crumbled cod, boiled egg, oil and salt. It may seem simple, but it has been proven that those who try it repeat.

White Garlic

Ajo Blanco is another typical dish of our gastronomy. It is a dish that is consumed cold, and among its ingredients it has -as it is logical- garlic, breadcrumbs, vinegar and almonds. As we say it has to be served cold, and it can be accompanied by croutons or fried bread and grapes.

The chards of La Jara

Who doesn’t like Swiss chard? This dish is a tribute to the quintessential food of the kitchen of use. The Jareñas chard is stewed with tomato, onion, garlic, raisins and pine nuts.

Loin of Orza

The «matazón» as it is called here to the slaughter of the pig, produces a good nourished pantry. It is well known that everything is used from the pig, and from head to toe, the «gorrino», also called «gorrino» in Villanueva de la Jara, is another of the main dishes of the local gastronomy. The lomo de orza remains in the earthenware container (la orza) once fried, covered with oil and ready to eat; hot or cold.


The Atascaburras is eaten when the snow arrives, that is in the middle of winter. Within the gastronomy of Jareña, this is a dish that provides a lot of food and calories. Atascaburras is made with desalted cod, potatoes, boiled eggs, garlic, oil and salt.


For those who like to «take bread and dip» it is the star dish. Morteruelo has other names in different areas of La Mancha, for example in Albacete it is called «Ajo de Mataero». It has liver and spices, crumbled bread, garlic, «tajás» of pacenta «bacon», and an edible decoration of pine nuts.

Manchego ratatouille

A dish that can not miss at the table jareña, is the ratatouille. Its ingredients are tomato, bell pepper, zucchini and onion. It is a dish that is eaten hot, although some people also eat it cold.

Ham, wine, bacon

During the slaughter, the hams are washed and salted to be dried for months in the chambers or caves of the houses of Jara. A good piece of ham accompanied by any of the wines of La Manchuela Cuenca will delight locals and strangers alike.

The spoon is the gastronomic star of Jareño cuisine

Some good chickpeas with ear or with snout determine to become fond of this healthy cuisine that, besides «filling the belly» intoxicates the soul.

A potage of beans with chard, for those who cannot afford, or do not want, a dish with meat; and some lentils prepared with chorizo, potatoes and onions.

The gastronomy of Villanueva de la Jara is also sweet

Man does not live by savory alone, and for this reason, in the gastronomy of Villanueva de la Jara, sweets have a prominent place. Finishing a good and opulent meal with the contrast of flavors that La Jara’s homemade sweets allow will provoke a waste of flavor.

The sweets of Villanueva de la Jara have their date and time of consumption

Some sweets and delicatessen from La Jara

  • Fried rolls with sugar
  • Butter Cakes
  • Homemade cupcakes
  • Aniseed Rolls
  • Aguardentaos
  • Mantecados
  • Sequillos
  • Mosto Buns

Guest Houses in Villanueva de la Jara

The best guest houses in Villanueva de la Jara – Manchuela

Guest house Pensión Posada Santa Teresa

Villanueva de la Jara

350 m from centre

Situated in Villanueva de la Jara in the Castilla-La Mancha region, Pensión Santa Teresa features accommodation with access to a hot tub. The property features garden and city views.

Country house Casa del Rio

Villanueva de la Jara

7.3 km from centre

Located in Villanueva de la Jara, about 1 hour’s drive from the historic city of Cuenca, Casa del Rio offers two 6-bedroom country houses with a patio and barbecue facilities.

Casa Rural en Bodega. La posada de Vitis

Casas de Santa Cruz

10.4 km from Villanueva de la Jara

Featuring air-conditioned accommodation with a private pool, pool view and a patio, Casa Rural en Bodega. La posada de Vitis is located in Casas de Santa Cruz.

Parador de Alarcón


16.3 km from Villanueva de la Jara

Parador de Alarcón is an 8th-century Moorish castle, set next to the Júcar River. It is located above the Medieval village of Alarcón, and offers free public parking on site.

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